What is FileDisk?

The genuine FileDisk.sys file is a software component of System Mechanic by iolo technologies LLC.
FileDisk.sys is installed by a program called "DIY Data Recovery HD Workbench" and is part of the System Mechanic flagship product of iolo technologies LLC, currently the top-selling PC tune-up utility software in North America, (85% retail market share in the US and 95% in Canada). System Mechanic comes in basic, Professional, Premium, and Business versions. Iolo was founded in 1998 in Los Angeles, CA, USA, by Noah T. Rowles, a self-taught software engineer and inventor who is president and CEO of the privately-held company. System Mechanic automatically fixed, updates and fine-tunes a PC's performance and continues to run in the background to help maintain the performance level. The company also has products for secure data deletion, recovery of lost and deleted data, and virus/spyware protection, all of which are included in SystemMechanic Professional.

FIleDIsk stands for FIle and DIsk Tuneup

FileDisk.sys is a Windows driver. A driver is a small software program that allows your computer to communicate with hardware or connected devices. This means that a driver has direct access to the internals of the operating system, hardware etc. The free file information forum can help you determine if FileDisk.sys is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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FileDisk.sys file information

The process known as FileDisk Virtual Disk Driver or Virtual disk encryption driver belongs to software filedisk (based on original work by Bo Brantén) or Protector Suite QL or SetupBadCDDVDRecovery or Security Update for Microsoft by iolo technologies, LLC (based on original work by Bo Brantén) ( or Bo Brantén ( or UPEK (

Description: FileDisk.sys is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file FileDisk.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 12,928 bytes (45% of all occurrences), 9,341 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program has no visible window. There is no detailed description of this service. It is not a Windows core file. FileDisk.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ Security Update for Microsoft or SetupBadCDDVDRecovery.

Recommended: Identify FileDisk.sys related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as FileDisk.sys, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Therefore, you should check the FileDisk.sys process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

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  SoehnelS   (further information)
IOLO TECNOLOGIES. File part of system mechanic used for star a virtual disk drive
This is a file of System Mechanic. Iolo Technologies
DIY DataRecovery HD Workbench installed it on my W2k PC
  TwoHawks [jun 2007]  
Installed by DIY DataRecovery HD Workbench
  TwoHawks [jun 2007]  
Die Datei ist vollkommen ungefährlich.
  Stefan   (further information)
The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:
Located in \SystemRoot\SysWow64\Drivers "blocked from loading"

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of FileDisk.sys: based on 8 votes with 9 user comments. 4 users think FileDisk.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users don't grade FileDisk.sys ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving FileDisk issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with FileDisk. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the FileDisk.sys process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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